Title: Police Officer
Anticipated Closing Date: TBD
Type of Appointment: Full-Time
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Department: Campus Police
Required Documents Needed to Upload at Time of Application:
· Unofficial Transcripts
· Three professional references (See below)
Reference check requirements:
· Non-supervisory roles: three (3) current or former supervisors
· Supervisory roles: two (2) current or former supervisors and one (1) current or former direct report
· Personal references (friends, co-workers, clergy, customers, relatives) are not considered acceptable references
About Campus Police
Campus police and security officers are here to protect and serve the campus community.
Campus police or security officers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the Hardin Valley Campus, and answer the emergency calls to 865.694.6649 at any hour.
In addition to safety at the college, campus police and security officers offer other services to students, visitors and employees:
- First Aid
- Vehicle battery boost
- Vehicle unlock
- 30-day lost and found
- Escorts on campus to or from vehicles or classrooms
About Pellissippi State Community College
Pellissippi State Community College is one of 40 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents system. TBR is the governing board of the College System of Tennessee, offering more than 400 programs of study at the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus. The college serves an average of 10,000 students, making it the largest community college in Tennessee by enrollment. Pellissippi State Community College offers eligible employees a comprehensive benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement programs, time off including annual and sick leave, and much more.
In 2018, Pellissippi State became a member of an Achieve the Dream (ATD) three-year cohort adopting a theme of Start Strong, Stay Strong, Finish Strong for our work. Achieve the Dream has partnered with the program Integrated Student Experience at Pellissippi State (Insteps) to improve the fall-to-fall retention rates for full-time and part-time students by 13% in the next five years. Our vision is to ensure every student who attends Pellissippi State will develop a sense of belonging and confidence in their ability to succeed academically, grow intellectually, and make timely progress towards achieving their educational and vocational goals. If this is something that aligns with your values, we encourage you to apply.
Culture and Diversity
Knoxville claims a wide range of forward thinking national and international talents. The scholarly influence on the Knoxville metropolitan area bred literary greats including James Agee, Cormac McCarthy, and Nikki Giovanni. Knoxville is home to one of the largest sculptures dedicated to an African American in the country. Located in Haley Heritage Square is a 13-foot high bronze statue of author and Pulitzer Prize winner Alex Haley who chose to spend the last several years of his life in Knoxville. Renowned artists Beauford Delaney and Joseph Delaney hailed from Knoxville. Musicians Roy Acuff, Chet Atkins, the Everly Brothers, and RB Morris called Knoxville home during their careers. Women’s suffragist Lizzie Crozier French was active in the ratification of the 19thamendment and was born and raised in Knoxville.
The lasting influence of these artists and activists leaves the Knoxville area as a welcoming area to live and work. More about the area and support groups can be found at Visit Knoxville https://www.visitknoxville.com , the Beck Cultural Exchange Center https://www.beckcenter.net , the Knoxville Urban League https://thekaul.org , Knoxville City https://knoxvilletn.gov , Knox County https://knoxcounty.org , My Knox Village http://myknoxvillage.com/business-directory/wpbdp_category/special-needsdisability-services/ , Knox Pride https://knoxpride.com/equality , Centro Hispano de East TN https://www.centrohispanotn.org , and Knoxville chamber https://www.knoxvillechamber.com
Position Summary: The overall purpose of this job is to e nsure a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors of the college.
30% Patrols college grounds and adjacent areas on foot and in motor vehicle to deter crime. Enforce Tennessee State Laws and policies and guidelines set by Pellissippi State Community College, the Tennessee Board of Regents, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Act. Apprehends criminal offenders and effect arrests as necessary.
25% Conducts investigations into criminal activity, motor vehicle accidents, illness and injuries. Prepare Police reports, motor vehicle accident reports, and reports documenting illness or injury. Prepare records for court and testify at judicial hearings and trials. Monitors and reviews security camera recordings to assist in investigations and to ensure safety for the campus community. Performs additional clerical tasks as required.
10% Provides direction, supervision and training for contract security guards. Trains contract security guards on proper patrol techniques, unlocking and locking down college buildings, conducting basic investigations and report writing, and emergency plans and procedures.
10% Inspects college property for safety hazards, equipment malfunctions, unsecured doors or other unusual events. Unlocks doors to classrooms, offices and other secured areas of the college for authorized persons. Provides vehicle unlock and jump starts service to the campus community.
5% Perform Public Safety Officer duties by executing homeland security tasks related to emergency incidents, emergency drills, and the college Emergency Preparedness plan as per the Tennessee Board of Regents Policies and Guidelines 5:01:07:00, Commissioning Security Officers. Provides mutual police assistance, upon request, to local police agencies to assist in large scale emergencies.
5% Provides first aid and direction in emergency situations and coordinates emergency response by EMS, Fire, and police. Inspects and ensures proper operation of emergency and security related equipment.
5% Monitors meetings between college officials and students or employees to insure personal safety. Provides employee termination escorts, personal safety escorts, and security for special events other special security needs.
5% Monitors traffic flow and parking conditions and directs traffic as necessary. I ssue tickets for parking and moving violations as per college Parking and Traffic Regulations and Tennessee State vehicle and traffic regulations.
5% Maintains P.O.S.T. (Tennessee Police Officer) certification by attending specialized annual training. Attends additional training for professional development.
Note: The College reserves the right to change or reassign job duties, or combine positions at any time.
Requires one-year experience as a Peace Officer Standards Training (P.O.S.T.) certified Police Officer with current P.O.S.T. certification
Part-time work experience is calculated at 50% credit of full-time work experience
One year police experience as a POST certified police officer (certification not current) with the ability to obtain recertification within one year.
P.O.S.T. certification requires candidates to meet the following standards as defined by the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Commission:
Must be 18 years of age
Be a citizen of the United States
High school diploma or equivalent
Must undergo extensive criminal background check and may not have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge or to any violation of any federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor and other alcoholic beverages or controlled substances
Must not have been released or discharged under any other than honorable discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States
Have fingerprints on file with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
Have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician
Have good moral character as determined by a thorough investigation conducted by the employing agency; and/or the POST Commission
Have been certified by a Tennessee Licensed Health Care Provider qualified in the psychiatric or psychological fields as being free from any impairment, as set forth in the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association at the time of the examination, that would, in the professional judgment of the examiner, affect the person’s ability to perform an essential function of the job, with or without a reasonable accommodation.
Special Skills/Application of Knowledge:
Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and have the ability to ascertain facts through personal contact and observation to determine proper course of action. Requires the ability to work independently and think clearly in stressful situations. Must be able to establish working relationship with students, faculty, staff, and others outside the college. Must be able to perform duties firmly, tactfully and with respect for the rights of others. A minimal level of physical fitness must be maintained for self-defense and the defense of others. Working knowledge of PC and web based computer programs. Ability to supervise contract security guards and college employees as needed. Being proficient in a second language could be helpful to this position but it is not a requirement.
Key Result Areas:
Crime statistics and incident reports measure the level of safety and security on campus. Calls for service such as personal safety escorts, door unlocks, car battery boosts, and vehicle unlocks measure the amount of services provided to the campus community.
Scope of Responsibility:
Inadequate job performance could result in personal injury or death to a member of the campus community or visitor. Poor performance could result in stolen or damaged property or equipment that could greatly hinder regular college operations. Poor performance could also result in fines for non-compliance with government regulations and negative publicity for the college.
The police officer is required to meet the physical standards set by the TN P.O.S.T. Academy and Commission. The TN P.O.S.T. Commission requires police officers to complete 40 hours of In-Service training annually after initial P.O.S.T. certification. Manual dexterity is required for personal protection, weapons retention and proper use of authorized weapons. The police officer is required to wear a ballistic vest under the authorized uniform and a duty belt around their waist that supports their firearm and holster and other required equipment. The total weight of the ballistic vest, firearm and other equipment weighs approximately 25 pounds. The police officer is required to be able to stand on their feet for long periods of time, walk long distances around campus and climb at least three flights of stairs without becoming exhausted. Police officers are required to occasionally assist in lifting injured or aided persons and police equipment and office supplies.
Special Instructions to Applicants: To be considered for a position at Pellissippi State, you must create an on-line application. Your skills, abilities, qualifications, and years of experience will be evaluated using only what is recorded on your application. Work experience that is not listed on the application will not be considered towards compensation. Please note: attaching a resume does not substitute for completion of the application form. Part-time work experience is calculated at 50% of full-time experience. Please note: to scan, upload, or attach documents, a computer and scanner are available at the Hardin Valley Campus Educational Resources Center, if needed.
Pellissippi State Community College is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA employer
If you have any problems or questions please contact Human Resources at Pellissippi State Community College’s Human Resource Office at 865-694-6607 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
A summary of our benefits can be found at http://www.pstcc.edu/hr/benefits
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